NAMSS BLog Feed, Foreign Medical Graduate Commission Updates Identity Certification Process <br /><div class="MsoNormal">The Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) recently announced an enhancement to their process for certifying the identities of applicants, beginning in mid-September 2018. The current Certification of Identification form (Form 186) will now be required to be completed online, using NotaryCam is an online service that provides 24 hour access to professional notaries, allowing applicants to bypass the sometimes complicated and burdensome process of using a notary in person. <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Additionally, the online Form 186 will now be a requirement for applicants as part of the Application for ECFMG Certification. This is required before submission of an application to take the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE). All new Certification of Identity forms will require the online process, as well as expiring or invalidated forms. Currently, the Certification of Identity form lasts for five years from the accepted date. Find more details about the new process <a href="">here</a>. <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">The ECFMG is the standard for international medical graduates (IMGs) to be evaluated on their qualifications before entering the US graduate medical education (GME) process, or to take the USMLE and obtain a license to practice medicine in the US. ECFMG also provides application, visa, and verification assistance for IMGs. Learn more about the ECFMG at <a href=""></a> <o:p></o:p></div><br /> Tue, 04 Sep 2018 14:35:00 -0400 2018-09-04T17:00:43-04:00 0 2018-09-04 14:35 -04:00 2018-09-04 13:35 -05:00, NAMSS Releases Position Statement on MOC <br /><div class="MsoNormal">Maintenance of Certification (MOC), the program through which ongoing physician competence is demonstrated through American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) and American Osteopathic Association (AOA) boards, has been controversial since its launch. As NAMSS members have heard, the ABMS has recently launched an initiative to reexamine MOC and provide recommendations for the future state of physician certification. NAMSS has engaged with this Vision Commission, with several NAMSS leaders participating in past meetings, and with other organizations to contribute the MSP perspective on this issue. As the issue has continued to affect MSPs directly and indirectly, NAMSS has released the following organizational statement on Maintenance of Certification.<o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: .5in;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: .5in;"><i>The National Association Medical Staff Services (NAMSS) supports efforts by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) and stakeholders across the health care industry to re-envision the process of continuing board certification and the Maintenance of Certification programs. Demonstrating ongoing physician competence is an essential piece of maintaining patient safety, and is an important part of evaluating practitioners for credentialing and privileging decisions. Concerns around the existing continuing certification programs have led some states to propose or enact laws restricting their use in making these decisions, which infringes on the ability of Medical Services Professionals and Organized Medical Staffs to fulfill their duty in evaluating providers. However, physician burnout is an increasingly difficult issue as additional burdens are being placed on providers across the continuum of care. <o:p></o:p></i></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: .5in;"><i><br /></i></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: .5in;"><i>Increased standardization, clarity of requirements, and reduced physician burden will all be integral parts of a modern, effective board certification program. NAMSS looks forward to the outcomes of the ABMS’ Vision for the Future Commission and to aiding in the evolution of board certification to best support our ultimate goal of patient safety. <o:p></o:p></i></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">NAMSS will continue to monitor the work of the ABMS Commission and other progress in the area of continuing physician education, and work to inform our MSPs about important developments. Find our position statement and others at the <a href="">NAMSS website</a>, and be on the lookout for further communications on this issue.<o:p></o:p></div><br /> Wed, 29 Aug 2018 15:04:00 -0400 2018-08-29T15:04:52-04:00 0 2018-08-29 15:04 -04:00 2018-08-29 14:04 -05:00, AMA Releases New Resource on Addressing Disruptive Physician Behavior As MSPs, maintaining an organized, productive staff office is an essential part of the job. Disruptive behavior by physicians can pose a threat to the functioning of your hospital, and dealing with instances of such behavior is a struggle for anyone working around it. Dealing with disruption in the workplace can be confusing, and it is important to be prepared if you encounter it in your hospital.<br /><br />The American Medical Association (AMA) has recently released a <a href="" target="_blank"><b>free </b>learning course </a>addressing this topic. This 30-minute module will show you how to define appropriate, inappropriate, and disruptive behavior and present guidelines for dealing with these behaviors. Additionally, you will receive your own downloadable copy of the AMA Model Medical Staff Code of Conduct that you can integrate into your own medical staff bylaws.<br /><br />You can access the module <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>. The course is designed for physicians and hospital administrators as well as medical staff, so please feel free to share within your facility. Thu, 26 Jul 2018 11:47:00 -0400 2018-07-26T11:47:32-04:00 0 2018-07-26 11:47 -04:00 2018-07-26 10:47 -05:00, How the Leadership Certificate Program Helped Meredith Land a New Job <span style="color: #666666; font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">The NAMSS <a href="" target="_blank">Leadership Certificate Program</a> can have a great impact on you and your career path. Read how Meredith Miller used the program to gain the confidence she needed to land the job she wanted.&nbsp;</span><div><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div><b><span style="color: #20124d; font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">Did the Leadership Certificate Program help you gain any new skills, or help increase your confidence as a leader?</span></b></div><div><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">I absolutely gained new skills and confidence from the Leadership Certificate Program. I felt that the online modules were a great learning tool and the extra resources provided were a bonus. As a Credentialing Specialist, and not a manager, this program was extremely helpful in learning new skills, and I was able to gain a wealth of knowledge from both the online modules and the in-person course. I really feel as if I now have more effective communication skills, even in my personal life, which has greatly increased confidence in myself.&nbsp;</span></div><div><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div><b><span style="color: #20124d; font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">How are you using what you learned from the Leadership Certificate Program in your current role?</span></b></div><div><div style="background-color: white;"><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">Just prior to attending the in-person course, I resigned from a hospital that I had been working as a Credentialing Specialist for 14 years, with the past 12 having been offsite working from home. I decided at the beginning of January that I wanted to go back into the office setting and work closer to where I live. I applied for a Credentialing Coordinator position and was offered the job the day after the interview. During the hiring process, I was able to use the effective negotiating skills and communication techniques that I learned from the Leadership Certificate Program. I felt that my communication, calmness, and confidence during the interview process was very effective and I can say that the gained knowledge I attained from the program played a role in getting the job.</span></div><div style="background-color: white;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="background-color: white;"><span style="color: #20124d; font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>What aspect of the program did you enjoy most?</b></span></div><div style="background-color: white; color: #666666;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">I immensely enjoyed the In-Person Course -- the instructors were fantastic and made everyone feel relaxed and at ease in being ourselves. It was fun working in teams and interact with other professionals that held different positions from mine. I ended up working with three managers in my group and it was very interesting to see their different management and leadership styles.</span></div><div><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div><b><span style="color: #20124d; font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">Would you recommend the Leadership Certificate Program to your peers?</span></b></div><div><span style="background-color: white; color: #666666;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">I would absolutely recommend the Leadership Certificate Program to my peers and have already done so! In my opinion, the online modules are a wealth of useful information for both experienced and entry-level MSPs. The program helped me look at things from a different perspective in terms of communicating with others in a professional setting. I think the In-Person Course really allows you to apply what was learned during the online portion, and the live group scenarios was a confidence builder. Overall, I felt it was a very effective course and will continue to recommend it to others!</span></span></div><div><span style="background-color: white; color: #666666;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><br /></span></span></div><div><span style="background-color: white; color: #666666;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><br /></span></span></div><div><span style="background-color: white; color: #666666;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">Visit the <a href="" target="_blank">NAMSS website</a> to learn more about the Leadership Certificate Program.</span></span></div><div style="background-color: white;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><table align="center" bgcolor="#FFFFFF" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" style="color: #666666; width: 634px;"><tbody><tr><td style="font-size: 11pt; line-height: 1.5em;" valign="top"><div align="left" class="style2"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif; font-size: small;"><br /></span></div></td></tr></tbody></table></div> Thu, 21 Jun 2018 10:37:00 -0400 2018-06-21T10:37:18-04:00 0 2018-06-21 10:37 -04:00 2018-06-21 09:37 -05:00, NAMSS Hosts 5th Annual Industry Roundtable in Washington, DC <br /><div class="MsoNormal">As part of its ongoing efforts to work with industry leaders on meaningful reforms to the credentialing and licensure process, NAMSS held its fifth annual roundtable discussion with industry stakeholders on May 10, 2018 at the Dupont Circle Hotel in Washington, DC. This roundtable, entitled <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">The Future of Digital Credentialing</i>, is an important next step in achieving a more streamlined, more efficient, and more modern credentialing process while preserving our ultimate goal of patient safety. <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">The 2018 roundtable expanded the focus of our 2017 event on blockchain technology, examining an array of new and emerging technologies for the credentialing ecosystem. The wide-ranging discussion touched on a number of important ideas for preparing the industry for technological developments. This year’s roundtable marked the beginning of a new conversation around disruptive technology and its impact on credentialing. The discussion was thoughtful, engaging, and productive, but it is only the beginning. NAMSS will continue to work with the roundtable participants and others going forward to create and implement process guidelines, governance, and best practices that will be needed as technology continues to develop. Stay tuned for more exciting news to come! <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">The official 2018 roundtable report can be found on the NAMSS website, or by clicking this <a href="">link</a>. <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">The following organizations participated in this year’s roundtable: <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), Administrators in Medicine (AiM), American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO), American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), American Hospital Association (AHA), American Medical Association (AMA), Council for Affordable Quality Healthcare (CAQH), DNV GL Healthcare, Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG), Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB), Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP), The Joint Commission, Medical Group Management Association (MGMA), National Council for Quality Assurance (NCQA), and the National Practitioner Data Bank (NPBD). <o:p></o:p></i></div><br /> Wed, 06 Jun 2018 16:59:00 -0400 2018-06-06T16:59:39-04:00 0 2018-06-06 16:59 -04:00 2018-06-06 15:59 -05:00, MedPage Today Investigation Highlights Gaps in Credentialing Process <br /><div class="MsoNormal">Instances of incompetent or malicious practitioners have always made headlines, but rarely are the wider systemic issues discussed that allow such events. A <a href="">recent investigation by <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">MedPage Today</i> and the <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel</i></a><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;"> </i>catalogued at least 500 physicians from 2011-2016 who exploited gaps in the medical licensing system to avoid sanctions or red flags. <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">In these instances, doctors who had actions taken against them by one state medical board were able to “slip through the bureaucratic net” and operate under clean licenses in other states. Physicians who had formal complaints, suspended licenses, or even permanent revocations maintained their licenses with other state boards, many of whom were not even aware of the action in the first place. <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;"><br /></i></div><div class="MsoNormal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">MedPage</i> <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">Today</i> found that the majority of state boards only report their own disciplinary actions against physicians. Their investigation, titled “States of Disgrace: A Flawed System Fails to Inform the Public,” outlines seven categories of information on physician history, including state medical board disciplines, discipline by other states, malpractice claims/payouts, loss of privileges, criminal convictions, Medicare and Medicaid exclusions, and DEA/FDA actions.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Only five states (Florida, Kansas, Massachusetts, Maryland, and North Carolina) regularly reported six of the seven – no state routinely checked and reported all of the above. <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">The National Practitioner Data Bank, which was created to serve as a central identifying tool for all adverse actions, has not fulfilled its promise of transparency, according to <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">MedPage</i>. A survey conducted by the former NPDB research director found that few state boards made regular queries of NPDB – most states performed only 10 to 20 searches a year, and some didn’t submit any at all. High costs may make NPDB searches prohibitive for some states, but this can result in severe lapses in the information they hold about physicians who are licensed in their states, leading to gaps that can affect patient safety. Out of 64 state medical boards, only 13 subscribed to the “Continuous Query” service which provides alerts for new updates to physician records. <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">“States of Disgrace” emphasizes the issues that stem from the patchwork system of state licensing boards, but also flags the problem of physicians omitting relevant information in their own applications – whether for licensing or privileging directly at a hospital. NPDB’s survey found that almost 10% of the time, organizations querying the Database found new information about the physician, which shouldn’t occur if the physician was fully forthcoming in their application. “They should never find anything new in an NPDB report,” says Dr. Robert Oshel, formerly of NPDB. This problem is faced in credentialing offices across the nation as well. While it can’t fill in every gap, NAMSS PASS provides a unique ability to understand a practitioner’s full affiliation history, and can protect patient safety by guarding against reticent applicants. Find out more about <a href="">NAMSS PASS here</a>.</div> Fri, 06 Apr 2018 11:20:00 -0400 2018-04-06T11:20:29-04:00 0 2018-04-06 11:20 -04:00 2018-04-06 10:20 -05:00, Recent Incidents Underscore Importance of Patient Safety <div class="MsoNormal">MSPs know that among all their responsibilities, the #1 priority is patient safety. Performing the oftentimes challenging work of credentialing is an essential part of protecting patients and allowing the delivery of high quality health care. Doctors are trusted to care for patients, and it is the job of MSPs to confirm their ability to provide care and that hospitals are aware of any negative incidents that could affect the doctor-patient relationship. Two recent stories underscore just how critical the work of MSPs is. <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">In Cleveland, <a href=""><i>USA Today</i> found</a> that a surgeon was accused multiple times of sexually assaulting patients, yet confidential settlements precluded formal charges against him. The Cleveland Clinic, where he was employed, placed him on leave, but did not prevent him from continuing to see patients after a settlement was reached. In fact, when the surgeon later moved to the Ohio State University Medical Center, the facility was unaware of any past allegations regarding the physician. While OSU maintains that the proper credentialing procedure was followed, having official notations of the investigation would have allowed an MSP to determine whether credentials should have been issued in light of the allegations. <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Even if the Cleveland Clinic had progressed with formal actions, there was no criminal charge filed. The physician’s record might not have even reflected the settlement, especially if facility itself took on liability, as they often do. If the physician had not disclosed his affiliation with Cleveland Clinic when applying at OSU, or replaced it with another facility where he had privileges, the OSU credentialing department would have had no way of knowing whether he was ever employed at the Clinic, much less whether there had been misconduct. <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">In an even <a href="">more recent example</a>, a Maryland-based OB/GYN was found to have falsified his identity, including his Social Security number, to obtain licensure in the state. In fact, over the course of his career, the physician used four different Social Security numbers, three names, and forged dates of birth and education histories to obtain multiple credentials, licenses, and privileges at multiple facilities. <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">He failed the Foreign Medical Graduate Certification multiple times under different identities before finally passing, and went on to be removed from a residency program in New Jersey for falsifying information and rejected from Medicare for using different Social Security numbers. However, the Maryland facility, Prince George’s Hospital Center, completed the credentialing process for the physician and allowed him to practice medicine for years after the rejection. The intricacies of the fraud demonstrate just how important a thorough and exhaustive credentialing process is.<o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><br /><div class="MsoNormal">As all MSPs know, credentialing is an intricate and often winding process. Even the most conscientious MSPs can run into issues of information gaps, whether it is a missing document, an undisclosed affiliation, or any number of other problems that can arise. NAMSS PASS is a free, secure, online database that provides quick and easy access to the affiliation history of practitioners applying for credentials. Through NAMSS PASS, you can automatically review past affiliations for practitioners, <i>disclosed by the hospital, not the physician</i>. This allows you to quickly analyze for any gaps in history, or to identify undisclosed affiliations (a major red flag). In a health care system where patient safety continues to be at risk and must always be a priority, NAMSS PASS can help your facility ensure the highest standard of credentialing is completed. To learn more about NAMSS PASS, please visit <a href=""></a>.&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></div> Wed, 24 Jan 2018 10:39:00 -0500 2018-01-24T10:39:53-05:00 0 2018-01-24 10:39 -05:00 2018-01-24 09:39 -06:00, AHA Releases Regulatory Overload Report <div class="MsoNormal">The American Hospital Association (AHA) recently released a report entitled <a href="">Regulatory Overload: Assessing the Regulatory Burden on Health Systems, Hospitals and Post-Acute Care Providers</a>. The report details the extent of regulations promulgated on healthcare providers, spanning four federal agencies. <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">AHA and Manatt Health found that the four agencies – the Centers for Medicare &amp; Medicaid Services (CMS), the Office of Inspector General (OIG), the Office for Civil Rights (OCR), and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) – produced 629 separate regulatory requirements across nine domains, in addition to health regulations from agencies outside the four studied. The scope of these regulations and the compliance actions required are significant – health systems, hospitals and PAC providers spend nearly $39 billion combined on compliance per year, and an average-sized hospital dedicates 59 full-time equivalents to compliance.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">The AHA report also provided specific recommendations for regulatory relief, including canceling Stage 3 of Meaningful Use, suspending electronic clinical quality measure requirements, and expanding Medicare coverage of telehealth services. MSPs can find the full report <a href="">here</a>.&nbsp;</div><div class="MsoNormal"><o:p></o:p></div> Fri, 27 Oct 2017 11:38:00 -0400 2017-10-27T11:38:11-04:00 0 2017-10-27 11:38 -04:00 2017-10-27 10:38 -05:00, UPDATE: New Guidelines Released as Telemedicine Services Expand <div class="MsoNormal"><i>Update: The Joint Commission has retracted the draft standards for telemedicine outlined below, <a href=";utm_source=internal&amp;mrkid=959280&amp;mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiTjJSaE5qWXlZVGMxWXpVMCIsInQiOiJKODJFVE02MlNtRTZIM2pDblNCa095U20yRjFcL05abHh2Q012OUtUNzllemE0Y3g4c0NpbGVDaDI3elZjWUR2VWpkdXlPU1JqMEgyXC9ocDdFUFZ5aVwvN2FtemZ1Ym9BaWxpclF1Wm43Qlp5WGZuSzZEY3o0UDhRNzlIS1NJMkZpTSJ9" target="_blank">announcing </a>that "At this time, we have closed the field review and decided not to move forward with the proposed telehealth standards." The proposed changes had garnered pushback from some in the industry who were concerned that the standards would be more restrictive than current requirements from the Centers for Medicare &amp; Medicaid Services and state regulators. A spokesperson from TJC told </i>FierceHealthcare<i>&nbsp;that internal review had determined TJC's existing requirements for accreditation adequately applied to telehealth services and that further requirements would be unnecessary. In the future, TJC plans to address enhancements for survey guidance examining telehealth practices and quality and safety issues with telehealth provision.</i><br /><br />Telemedicine continues to expand into the healthcare delivery system, and the recent natural disasters across the country have demonstrated just how useful telemedicine can be in a crisis and beyond. As federal and state governments, accrediting organizations, and other healthcare stakeholders recognize the growth and potential of these services, new rules, regulations, and guidelines are beginning to be released. Two major telemedicine efforts were released this month by The Joint Commission and the National Quality Forum. <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">First, The Joint Commission released <a href="">proposed revisions</a> to their hospital accreditation standards for hospitals providing “direct-to-patient telehealth services.” TJC, one of the largest and most widely accepted accreditation organizations for hospitals in the United States, introduced changes to two existing standards (Provision of Care Standard 01.01.01 and Rights &amp; Responsibilities of the Individual Standard 01.03.01) and introduced a new standard, Ri.01.08.01. The proposed changes, which are examined in detail <a href="">here</a>, include requirements for informed consent for patients about the nature of the telehealth services and the provider. The <i>National Law Review </i>article linked above examines how the proposed standards go beyond statutory requirements in some cases, and how they may affect hospitals and other telehealth providers. <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">The National Quality Forum, an organization contracted by the federal government to develop healthcare performance measures, recently <a href="">released a report</a> developing a framework for a telehealth quality measurement program. NQF’s Telehealth Committee recommended various methods to measure telemedicine as a care delivery system along four basic categories: access to care, financial impact to patients and providers, patient and clinician experience, and clinical and operations effectiveness. The report, analyzed <a href="">here</a>by <i>mHealthIntelligence</i>, also highlights specific existing measures that can be applied to telehealth, as well as examining how telehealth activities can fit into the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) introduced in the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA). <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><br /><div class="MsoNormal">NAMSS will continue to monitor developments in telemedicine and their impacts on MSPs. Specifically, NAMSS recently formed a working group in partnership with the American Telemedicine Association to examine the issue of credentialing by proxy for hospitals attempting to credential telemedicine providers at other locations. The group will be developing a packet of educational and instructional materials to introduce MSPs who may not be as familiar with telemedicine to the topic and provide guidelines for developing credentialing by proxy programs at their own facilities.&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></div> Wed, 20 Sep 2017 10:08:00 -0400 2017-10-16T15:13:29-04:00 0 2017-09-20 10:08 -04:00 2017-09-20 09:08 -05:00, CMS Clarifies Guidance on Hospital Definitions <div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: inherit;">The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recently released a <a href="">memo</a>clarifying guidance under Appendix A of the State Operations Manual (SOM). This guidance is meant to shed light on the definition of a hospital under the Social Security Act.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: inherit;">With the rise of “microhospitals,” small facilities that operate like acute care hospitals with a low number of inpatient beds, there has been some confusion regarding the certification process for such facilities. A variety of other facility models have run into the same issues, as care providers attempt new innovations in care and locations that may stray from the traditional idea of a hospital facility. <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: inherit;">The CMS memo clarifies that the federal Medicare definition of a hospital under the Social Security Act may not always mesh perfectly with state requirements for the same certification. That is, “a facility may have a license from a state to operate as a hospital,” but “that facility may still not meet the Medicare definition of a hospital.” Hospitals approved, certified, and licensed by state or local authorities <b>are still required to fit the Medicare criteria</b>, including Conditions for Coverage (CfCs), Conditions of Participations (CoPs), and observations by the CMS Regional Office in order to be approved to accept Medicare patients. The details of these observations are described in the memo, linked above.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: inherit;">To read more about microhospitals and their growing role in the care delivery system, click <a href="">here</a>.&nbsp;</span><o:p></o:p></div> Mon, 11 Sep 2017 17:04:00 -0400 2017-09-11T17:05:13-04:00 0 2017-09-11 17:04 -04:00 2017-09-11 16:04 -05:00, Blockchain Credentialing Illinois Blockchain Initiative to Pilot Credentials Verification Program <div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">On August 8<sup>th</sup>, 2017, the Illinois Blockchain Initiative <a href="">announced</a>a pilot program in partnership with Hashed Health to use blockchain technology to streamline the medical credentialing process in the state. By exploring opportunities through distributed ledger technologies, the program could be able to reduce the complexity of licensing and credentialing. The program will look to provide a new blockchain-based registry to act as a repository for credentialing data. <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Eric Fish, senior vice president of legal services at the Federation of State Medical Boards, praised the initiative, <a href="">remarking that</a>, “If successful, this effort may prompt other state medical boards, as well as others within healthcare, to investigate potential benefits that can be derived from the use of distributed ledgers, and may ultimately result in a more efficient regulatory process without any sacrifice to patient safety.”<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">To read more on the pilot program, see the full story at <a href=""><i>Health IT Analytics</i></a>. <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Blockchain technology is a decentralized peer-to-peer system through which digital transactions are created, shared, verified, and stored. This technology consists of three main components: a distributed network, a shared ledger, and digital transactions. The network is the basic skeleton of the blockchain: individual network members generate, verify, and store data on the blockchain, instead of contributing to one central database. The ledger provides a mechanism to share and verify information in the network, protecting the data from tampering and ensuring quick and easy verification of the information within. Finally, a digital transaction is the actual act of generating or verifying data.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">NAMSS is continuing to monitor the development of blockchain technology in healthcare, especially with regards to the credentialing process. In May, we hosted our 4</span><sup style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">th</sup><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"> annual Government Relations Industry Roundtable, entitled </span><i style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Building Blocks for the Future</i><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">. A panel of NAMSS staff, stakeholders and strategic partners discussed the impact of blockchain and its potential applications for the industry. Be on the lookout for further information from NAMSS on blockchain technology and its potential impacts on MSPs!</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><o:p></o:p></div> Thu, 17 Aug 2017 09:42:00 -0400 2017-08-17T09:42:43-04:00 0 2017-08-17 09:42 -04:00 2017-08-17 08:42 -05:00, Obamacare Repeal and Replace Dead, For Now <div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: inherit;">In the early hours of the morning on July 28, 2017, the Senate held its final vote on Republican efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The <i>Health Care Freedom</i> Act, referred to by some as “skinny repeal,” fell 51-49, with Republican Senators John McCain (R-AZ), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), and Susan Collins (R-ME) joining all Democrats in voting against the bill. <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: inherit;">The path towards repeal in the Senate had been winding at best. After multiple delays, the Senate narrowly voted to proceed to debate on the House version of the bill, the <i>American Health Care Act</i> (H.R. 1628). Sens. Murkowski and Collins were opposed to the motion, requiring Vice President Mike Pence to provide the tiebreaking vote. The Senate then considered several different options on the repeal efforts, which were all defeated. Senate Republican’s own original plan, the <a href=""><i>Better Care Reconciliation Act</i></a>, was soundly defeated, with 9 Republicans from the conservative and moderate wings voting against (57-43). <o:p></o:p></span><br /><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: inherit;">[Republicans voting against the BCRA were Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, Bob Corker (TN), Tom Cotton (AR), Lindsey Graham (SC), Dean Heller (NV), Mike Lee (UT), Jerry Moran (KS), and Rand Paul (KY)] <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: inherit;">Next, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell brought up a partial repeal bill, the <i>Obamacare Repeal and Reconciliation Act</i>, which would have repealed essential ACA provisions like the individual mandate, Medicaid expansion, and premium subsidies after a period of two years, during which the Senate hoped to draft a replacement plan. This was voted down 55-45, with Sens. Collins, Murkowski, Heller, McCain, Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Rob Portman (R-OH), and Lamar Alexander (R-TN) voting against.</span></div><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: inherit;">The “skinny repeal” bill was brought up as a last-ditch effort to garner consensus from the Republican caucus on repeal efforts, with the intention of passing a bare-bones bill in order to come up with a fuller plan in conference with the House of Representatives. It would have repealed selected provisions of the ACA, including the individual mandate, delay the employer mandate until 2025, extend the moratorium on the medical device excise tax through December 31, 2020, and modify ACA State Innovation Waivers, among other provisions. For the moment, Republican efforts to repeal the ACA are dead, and Senate leadership has expressed a desire to move onto other business. However, some House Republicans, including Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-NJ), Greg Walden (R-OR) and Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows (R-NC) have stated they will continue in their efforts to take down the ACA.&nbsp;</span><o:p></o:p></div> Fri, 28 Jul 2017 15:42:00 -0400 2017-07-28T15:42:08-04:00 0 2017-07-28 15:42 -04:00 2017-07-28 14:42 -05:00, Senate Republicans Release Draft Healthcare Bill On June 22, 2017, Senate Republicans released the <i>Better Care Reconciliation Act </i>(BCRA), their much-anticipated version of the House’s <i>American Health Care Act</i> (AHCA), which repeals and replaces the Affordable Care Act (ACA).&nbsp; Here’s a breakdown of how the Senate and the House versions align and how they break away from the ACA. <br /><br /><u>The Senate and House Similarities:</u> <br /><br /><ul><li>Eliminate the ACA’s controversial individual mandate, which required all Americans to have health insurance.</li><li>Eliminate the ACA’s unpopular employee mandate, which required most employers to offer employees health insurance.</li><li>Enable payers to implement age-based pricing determinations for health insurance.</li><li>End the ACA’s Medicaid state-expansion and reduces overall Medicaid funding (although the Senate version proposes a deeper rate than the House version).&nbsp;</li><li>Enable states to waive the ACA’s requirement that payers cover the following 10 essential health benefits: 1) ambulatory patient services; 2) emergency services; 3) hospitalization; 4) maternity and newborn care; 5) mental health and substance abuse; 6) prescription drugs; 7) rehabilitative and habilitative&nbsp; services; 8) laboratory services; 9) preventive and wellness services and chronic disease management; 10) some pediatric services.</li><li>Defund Planned Parenthood for one year.&nbsp;</li><li>Repeal most of the ACA’s taxes.&nbsp;</li><li>Continues the ACA’s policy that enabled children to remain beneficiaries of their parents’ health plans until age 26.</li></ul><u>The Senate and House Differences:</u><br /><br /><ul><li>Tax Credits: The Senate version lowers the income eligibility level for tax credits.&nbsp; The House version fixed tax credit eligibility to age.</li><li>Pre-Existing Conditions: The Senate version maintains the ACA’s requirement that payers cover individuals with pre-existing conditions without charging these individuals higher rates.&nbsp; The House version would enable states to allow payers to opt out of mandating coverage for preexisting conditions.&nbsp; In lieu of this requirement, the House version would provide states funding to establish high-risk pools to cover individuals with pre-existing conditions.</li></ul><u>Key Medicaid Points</u><br /><br /><i>Medicaid Expansion</i><br /><br />The BCRA would overhaul the current Medicaid expansion system by phasing out the Federal Medical Assistance Percentages (FMAP) to states by 15 percentage points between 2020 and 2023 (90-percent funding in 2020 to 75-percent funding in 2023).&nbsp; In 2024, FMAP reductions would continue until they matched the state rate for other benficiaries, which is, on average, 57 percent. <br /><br /><i>Traditional Medicaid Funding</i><br /><br />While both the Senate and House versions would reduce federal funding to the Medicaid program, the Senate version replaces the program’s current open-ended entitlement with individual beneficiary caps. Beginning in 2020, states would be eligible to receive federal block grants instead of the proposed funding cap if they meet specific requirements and agree to cover 14 essential services.&nbsp; States may also begin to implement optional work requirements for non-disabled, non-elderly, and non-pregnant beneficiaries.<br /><br /><u>Looking Back—and Ahead</u><br /><br />The ACA’s collapsing state exchanges shows just how difficult and costly it is to expand and ensure coverage.&nbsp; Theoretically, the ACA’s individual and employer mandates would alleviate the burden to payers by requiring young and healthy Americans to buy health insurance.&nbsp; The ensuing support from these mandates did not come through as expected, causing payers to leave state exchanges—and leaving many Americans with little or no insurance options.&nbsp; Coverage and care are two critical—but distinct—components to healthcare.&nbsp; Policymakers’ efforts to provide insurance to all Americans is misguided if that coverage does not equate to quality care. <br /><br />The Congressional Budget Office, which provides price estimates to legislation, is currently assessing BCRA.&nbsp; This cost assessment will shed more light on who would pay more or less for premiums and how the bill would affect the market stability of insurance companies. <br /><br />Healthcare reform is a complex and complicated process that will impact the way we provide and receive healthcare.&nbsp; A lot needs to happen before we see these changes—including enough support among Senate Republican to pass BCRA.&nbsp; The process continues to be partisan and Republicans are finding that repealing and replacing the ACA is not easy.&nbsp; Stay tuned.<br /> Mon, 26 Jun 2017 11:37:00 -0400 2017-06-26T11:37:07-04:00 0 2017-06-26 11:37 -04:00 2017-06-26 10:37 -05:00, Efforts to Repeal Affordable Care Act Halted Late last week, the U.S. House of Representatives decided to halt further pursuit of legislation - the American Health Care Act (AHCA) - that would have repealed and replaced large portions of the Affordable Care Act, more commonly referred to as "Obamacare."<br /><br />After several weeks of intense debate between Republicans and Democrats - and concerns from the conservative House Freedom Caucus that the AHCA did not go far enough - House Speaker Paul Ryan and President Donald Trump pulled the bill from being voted on by the House of Representatives once it became clear that it would not garner enough "Yes" votes to pass.<br /><i><br /></i><i>Becker's Hospital Review </i>provides a good <a href="" target="_blank">overview</a> of this decision and the course of events that led to it. For now, the Affordable Care Act will remain in place - as the path forward for a repeal and replace by Republicans in Congress is uncertain at this time.<br /><br />So what would the AHCA have done to change American healthcare? The <i>Kaiser Family Foundation</i> has made available a <a href=";utm_source=hs_email&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_content=42791845&amp;_hsenc=p2ANqtz-9AGAorWOzpp587CGHLt4GDUJn_NtyElbOd4g3LxpiVzyEX0TFZC_FGAHxw-HXcF_0IcDoteId2pzBjJQKfZciz5nAIXQ&amp;_hsmi=42791845" target="_blank">point-by-point tool</a> to compare provisions in this legislation with current law under the Affordable Care Act. Some of the main provisions in the GOP bill were a repeal of the individual mandate for health insurance coverage, an end to Medicaid expansion and a cap on future federal funding for Medicaid, a repeal of tax subsidies to help cover the cost of health insurance, and a repeal of multiple taxes included in the Affordable Care Act - such as the medical device tax.<br /><br /> Mon, 27 Mar 2017 09:39:00 -0400 2017-03-27T09:39:07-04:00 0 2017-03-27 09:39 -04:00 2017-03-27 08:39 -05:00, NAMSS Membership Surpasses 6,000 NAMSS is proud to announce that our membership has grown to over 6,000 members! This continued growth is the result of countless hours of work from devoted volunteer MSPs all across the nation to make NAMSS a leader in advancing patient safety and ensuring the efficient and effective credentialing of healthcare providers.<br /><br />Thank you all for your continued support and we look forward to even greater growth in 2017 and beyond! Tue, 28 Feb 2017 20:34:00 -0500 2017-02-28T20:34:33-05:00 0 2017-02-28 20:34 -05:00 2017-02-28 19:34 -06:00, Tailgating: Impostors & Unauthorized Personnel Access to Restricted Hospital Areas According to the Boston Globe, a 42-year-old former surgical resident utilized a common courtesy - individuals holding the door for those following behind them - to infiltrate restricted operating room suites at Brigham and Women's Hospital:.<br /><br /><i>"As is the practice at many hospitals, Brigham operating room staff hold their identification badges in front of an electronic card reader to gain access to surgery suites. According to video surveillance and staff accounts, the woman tagged along behind employees during shift changes, slipping in as groups of operating room staff held the door for one another."</i><br /><i><br /></i>Fortunately, no harm to either patients or hospital occurred as a result of these incidents. This does, however, highlight the need for hospitals - particular those with large patient and staff populations - to be vigilant. Martin Green, president of the International Association for Healthcare Security &amp; Safety, stated that such acts - known as "tailgating" - are a common security issue for hospitals across the country.<br /><br />Implementing extra security measures such as security cameras, electronic identification, additional security personnel and restricted areas, and stricter vetting of physician-sponsored visitors are effective ways to curb the problem of tailgating. Of course, educating physicians and staff to remain aware of who accesses operating rooms is vital, as well.<br /><br />Read the full story <a href="" target="_blank">here</a><br /><br /><br /> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 09:16:00 -0500 2017-02-23T09:16:29-05:00 0 2017-02-23 09:16 -05:00 2017-02-23 08:16 -06:00, 2017 NAMSS Education Summit - March 10-11 in Orlando, FL <div style="text-align: center;"><b>Early Bird Registration Deadline is February 3!</b></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b><br /></b></div><div style="text-align: left;">The 2017 NAMSS Education Summit will be held at the Hyatt Regency Orlando in Orlando, Florida! Enjoy high-quality NAMSS educational workshops and connect with fellow MSPs from across the country. The following courses will be offered:</div><br /><ul><li>Credentialing Specialist (CPCS) Certification Preparation Course</li><li>Medical Services Management (CPMSM) Certification Preparation Course</li><li>Credentialing 101</li><li>Leadership Certificate Program In-Person Course</li></ul><div>All courses are two-day workshops. Attendees should plan to be in attendance from 8:00AM - 4:00PM each day. All registration fees include entrance to the course only. Attendees must cover the cost of travel and hotel accommodations.</div><div><br /></div><div>Registrants completing their online registration prior to the early-bird deadline will be guaranteed the early-bird rate. NAMSS requires you to register for the conference online. It's fast, easy, and secure! You will be given the option to pay by check on the payment page if you prefer to mail a check payment. NAMSS will not accept purchase orders.&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div></div><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><span style="background-color: white;"><b>NAMSS Education Summit Registration Fees</b></span></span></div><div><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><span style="background-color: white;">On or before&nbsp;</span></span><span style="background-color: white; font-family: Times, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, serif;">Early-Bird:&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">NAMSS Member&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: Times, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, serif;">$533 |&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Non-member&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: Times, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, serif;">$633</span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><span style="background-color: white;"><br /></span></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><span style="background-color: white;">After&nbsp;</span></span><span style="background-color: white; font-family: Times, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, serif;">Early-Bird: NAMSS Member $583 | Non-member $683</span></div><div><br /></div> Tue, 31 Jan 2017 12:22:00 -0500 2017-01-31T12:22:50-05:00 0 2017-01-31 12:22 -05:00 2017-01-31 11:22 -06:00, Becker's: 50 Things to Know About the Hospital Industry | 2017 Brooke Murphy of <i>Becker's Hospital Review</i> has compiled a helpful and informative list of the "50 Things to Know About the Hospital Industry | 2017." Touching on &nbsp;basic demographics (number of hospitals, number of beds, etc.), mergers &amp; acquisitions, quality and satisfaction rankings, &nbsp;industry trends, and compensation, this article is a useful and quick snapshot of the current hospital industry landscape. Read the full list <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>. Wed, 25 Jan 2017 10:23:00 -0500 2017-01-25T10:23:35-05:00 0 2017-01-25 10:23 -05:00 2017-01-25 09:23 -06:00, Happy New Year from NAMSS! <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="" width="221" /></a></div>As we close out another year, NAMSS has much to celebrate and even more to look forward to in 2017!<br /><br />In 2016, we...<br /><br /><b>Celebrated the 40th Educational Conference &amp; Exhibition in Boston, MA - where with 1,700+ attendees we enjoyed record attendance.</b><br /><b><br /></b><b>Instituted the <a href="" target="_blank">Leadership Certificate Program</a>, in which 36 veteran Medical Services Professionals (MSPs) were recognized in our inaugural class,&nbsp;and <a href="" target="_blank">Virtual Executive Roundtable</a>.</b><br /><b><br /></b><b>Welcomed 100+ new members to the NAMSS community.</b><br /><b><br /></b><b>Released the first-of-its-kind <a href="" target="_blank">State of the Medical Services Profession Report</a>.</b><br /><b><br /></b><b>Received 900 Certified Provider Credentialing Specialist (<a href="" target="_blank">CPCS</a>) and Certified Professional Medical Services Management (<a href="" target="_blank">CPMSM</a>) applications.</b><br /><b><br /></b><b>Launched a <a href="" target="_blank">Twitter</a> profile and quickly grew to 150+ followers.</b><br /><b><br /></b><b>Partnered with the AHA, ACGME, and OPDA to release the <a href="" target="_blank">Verification of Graduate Medical Education Training Form</a>.</b><br /><br />We wish you a Happy New Year from everyone at NAMSS and look forward to building on all of this wonderful success in 2017! Thu, 29 Dec 2016 12:26:00 -0500 2016-12-29T12:26:26-05:00 0 2016-12-29 12:26 -05:00 2016-12-29 11:26 -06:00, Becker's: 7 Steps to an Efficient, Centralized Credentialing Department In an article for <i>Becker's Hospital Review</i>, Sarah Pelletier - advisory consultant and chief credentialing officer at the Greeley Company - outlined the seven essential steps to achieving an efficient and effective centralized credentialing department. These seven steps are as follows:<br /><br /><br /><ol><li><b>Standardize and consolidate</b>: "This means physicians shouldn't have to fill out the same application for multiple hospitals within the same system or send in the same document multiple times."</li><li><b>Eliminate duplication</b>: "Every department involved with physician recruitment should be on the same page in terms of what is required of a hire."</li><li><b>Establish a single source of truth</b>: "This 'single source of truth' should be one systemwide integrated web-based credentialing software system that facilitates timely communication between recruitment, credentialing and enrollment staff."</li><li><b>Create an onboarding team</b>: "Systems need to break down the walls between various functions involved with hiring medical staff and create one onboarding team that meets regularly."</li><li><b>Streamline application processes</b>: "Applications, document requests and contracts should be sent in a single envelope to the physician and returned in a single envelope."</li><li><b>Use a knowledgeable physician liaison</b>: "This point person can help the physician through the process and can help reduce the number of incomplete applications."</li><li><b>Integrate credentialing with provider enrollment</b>: "To get ahead of the game, begin enrolling providers with the system's various public and private payers as early as possible during the credentialing process and seek out delegated credentialing agreements with payers."</li></ol><div>For the full article from <i>Becker's</i>, please click <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>.</div> Wed, 21 Dec 2016 10:11:00 -0500 2016-12-21T10:11:52-05:00 0 2016-12-21 10:11 -05:00 2016-12-21 09:11 -06:00, UPDATE: Verification of Graduate Medical Education Training Form The National Association Medical Staff Services (NAMSS), in partnership with the American Hospital Association, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, and the Organization of Program Director Associations, released a new Verification of Graduate Medical Education Training Form in April 2016. This form, developed over the past several years, seeks to standardize the process for the verification of a practitioner’s internship, residency and fellowship experience in compliance with healthcare accreditation organizations’ standards. Over time, each hospital, managed care organization and other healthcare entities developed their own unique forms for obtaining verification of training. This created an inefficient system in which training programs received multiple variations on requests for the same information, slowing the credentialing and onboarding of practitioners and creating extra work for all involved. This new verification form eliminates these inefficiencies through standardization. Since its release, the form has already been downloaded over 6,000 times and is being implemented in hospitals and other healthcare organizations across the country.<br /><br />The Verification of Graduate Medical Education Training Form is available for download&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">HERE</a>.<br /><br /><br /> Mon, 31 Oct 2016 16:31:00 -0400 2016-10-31T16:31:42-04:00 0 2016-10-31 16:31 -04:00 2016-10-31 15:31 -05:00, 11 of Nation's Largest Payers Advocate for Expansion of Medicare Telemedicine In a letter to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) last week, eleven of the nation's largest health insurance carriers offered to make available data on the value of telemedicine as Congress considers expanded coverage under Medicare for telemedicine services.The letter states, "We view telemedicine as an important tool in increasing consumer access to high quality, affordable healthcare, improving patient satisfaction and reducing costs," and, "We believe our experience in the commercial market can inform estimates of the impact of policy changes in Medicare."<br /><br />For the full story from <i>HealthLeaders Media</i>, please click <a href="" target="_blank"><b>here</b></a>. For the full text of the letter, please click <a href="" target="_blank"><b>here</b></a>. Mon, 24 Oct 2016 12:33:00 -0400 2016-10-24T12:33:01-04:00 0 2016-10-24 12:33 -04:00 2016-10-24 11:33 -05:00, UPDATE: MSPs & the Standard Occupational Classification System <div class="MsoNormal">Please <a href="" target="_blank">click here</a> to access the comments submitted by NAMSS urging the inclusion of Medical Services Professionals (MSPs) in the 2018 Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) system. As previously reported in this blog, MSPs were not included as a new detailed occupational classification.<o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><br /><div class="MsoNormal">As MSPs play a unique, distinct and integral role in health care - leading the credentialing, privileging, and onboarding of medical staff applicants and thus serving as the gatekeepers of patient safety – NAMSS will continue to work toward recognition of the MSP profession in the SOC system. Again, we will provide additional updates as they become available.<o:p></o:p></div> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 13:29:00 -0400 2016-09-26T13:29:18-04:00 0 2016-09-26 13:29 -04:00 2016-09-26 12:29 -05:00, MSPs & the Standard Occupational Classification System <div>The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released new updates to the 2018 Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) system in July. Medical Service Professionals (MSPs) were not included as a new occupational category, despite NAMSS' submission of official comments in 2014 urging their inclusion. BLS is accepting additional public comments before finalization and NAMSS will be submitting remarks advocating for recognition of MSPs as a detailed occupational category. &nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>According to the BLS website, the SOC system "is used by Federal statistical agencies to classify workers into occupational categories for the purpose of collecting, calculating, or disseminating data." Inclusion in this system increases recognition of a profession both in the public and private sectors, as well as allows for the generation of a wealth of information regarding the profession and those who practice it.</div><div><br /></div><div>As MSPs play a unique, distinct and integral role in health care - leading the credentialing, privileging, and onboarding of medical staff applicants and thus serving as the gatekeepers of patient safety – NAMSS remains committed to working toward recognition of the MSP profession in the SOC system. We will provide further updates as they arise on this issue.</div><div><br /></div> Thu, 08 Sep 2016 10:06:00 -0400 2016-09-08T10:06:34-04:00 0 2016-09-08 10:06 -04:00 2016-09-08 09:06 -05:00, Celebrating 40 Years of NAMSS Conferences in Boston, September 17-21 As the NAMSS 40th Educational Conference &amp; Exhibition quickly approaches, we are excited to highlight some new and fun features for attendees this year. To mark this important milestone, NAMSS is introducing a Memory Wall and a Where is NAMSS Wall where previous conferences will be remembered. These features will be interactive, allowing attendees to indicate which conferences they have attended, where they are from, and share in the memories of 40 successful events.<div><br /></div><div>These are just some of the reasons to be excited about this year's conference in Boston. To learn more about all that this year's event and Bean Town have to offer through a short video and some helpful links, visit the NAMSS website by clicking <b><a href="" target="_blank">here</a></b>.&nbsp;</div> Wed, 07 Sep 2016 17:00:00 -0400 2016-09-07T17:00:10-04:00 0 2016-09-07 17:00 -04:00 2016-09-07 16:00 -05:00